By ANDREW WILLIAMS
ARLINGTON — After allowing a 15-6 run in the third quarter, thanks in part to nine turnovers, and giving Arlington back the lead for the first time since midway through the first period, Arcadia coach Randy Baker said he had a simple message for his team.
“You played your tails off for three quarters,” Baker said. “Don’t waste it. You’ve got eight more minutes to go. Let’s buckle up and keep doing what we’re doing.”
The Redskins heeded their coach’s advice and didn’t waste any opportunities in the final period, outscoring the Red Devils 15-8 to post a 46-42 Blanchard Valley Conference victory on the road in a pivotal game Thursday night between teams with one conference loss.
Trailing 34-31 at the start of the fourth quarter, Arcadia (9-3, 5-1 BVC) opened the period on an 11-2 run, taking the lead on a pair of free throws by Courtney Cramer with 4:29 remaining.
Madi Mains’ 3-pointer brought Arlington within 42-39 with just more than a minute to play and Whitney Dodds’ 3-ball made it 44-42 after Arcadia’s Molly Glick knocked in a pair of free throws.
The Red Devils had a chance to tie or take the lead after Rebecca Kirian missed the front end of a 1-and-1 with 29.1 seconds left, but Arcadia forced Arlington into a turnover on the offensive end and Glick put away two free throws with 3.3 seconds to play to cement the victory.
The Redskins were 9 of 10 from the foul line in the fourth quarter, including 7 of 7 from Glick, who scored nine of her game-high 20 points in the period.
“We hit some foul shots,” Baker said of the final period. “We kept the damage to a minimum. Depending on what defense you play, you take away some things but you give up some other things.
“We knew we were going to give up some 3s there. They hit quite a few of them but we took away what we needed to take away for the most part and it worked out in the end for us.”
The third-quarter run that got Arlington back into the game was due to the Red Devils converting defense into offense. Transition opportunities led to 3-pointers by Dodds, Mains and Hannah Johnson, while the Red Devils held Glick to three points and Cramer to none in the third.
“I think we had the girls play the passing lanes a little better,” Arlington coach Seth Newlove said of the third-period run. “Just made some defensive plays, kind of like they did at the end. We were able to get out in transition a little more and we had some girls hit shots tonight from the perimeter.”
From the first tip, Arlington (10-4, 4-2 BVC) set out to make things difficult for Cramer and Glick on the offensive end and for most of the game the Red Devils did just that. Although they were able to rally after halftime, Newlove said Arcadia’s stars stepped up more when it mattered.
“Glick and Cramer are good,” he said. “Those two figured out how to get it. Those two made plays on defense and that’s what good players do. Our girls played hard tonight. We just probably got beat by a better team tonight.”
Cramer finished with 14 points, Kirian grabbed a game-high seven rebounds and Glick added six steals.
Dodds dropped in 11 points to lead the Red Devils and Dani Heaster contributed 10.
The victory leaves Arcadia and Leipsic as the only teams with one BVC loss, trailing Liberty-Benton which holds a 6-0 record in conference play.
Baker hopes beating a quality opponent on the road will help his team build some momentum as the season progresses through its second half.
“We’ve been playing up and down all year,” Baker said. “Arlington’s a great team, great coach, great program here. It’s a class organization. It’s a great team in the BVC and, coming here, I like to think we’re halfway decent too, and it’s two pretty good basketball teams going at it. It’s a good, hard-fought, well-played game.”
ARCADIA (9-3, 5-1 BVC)
Kirian 1-1–3, Piña 1-0–2, Glick 5-9–20, Cramer 6-2–14, Dauterman 2-1–5, Ware 1-0–2, Coward 0-0–0. TOTALS: 16-31 13-17 — 46.
ARLINGTON (10-4, 4-2 BVC)
M. Johnson 0-0–0, McMath 0-0–0, H. Johnson 1-0–3, Dodds 3-2–11, Alexander 1-0–3, Heaster 5-0–10, Mains 3-0–9, Dillon 2-0–4, Nichols 1-0–2. TOTALS: 16-46 2-2 — 42.
Arcadia 16 9 6 15 — 46
Arlington 13 6 15 8 — 42
3-Point GOALS: Arcadia 1-3 (Glick); Arlington 8-16 (Dodds & Mains 3, H. Johnson, Alexander).
rebounds: Arcadia 23 (Kirian 7); Arlington 18 (Dillon 4).
turnovers: Arcadia 22; Arlington 14.
junior varsity: Arlington, 36-20.
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